Purpose of Emergency Lighting
The task of emergency lighting is to provide enough light in the event of a power failure to enable all occupants to evacuate the building safely. Stairways, changes in direction and level are parts of the building which require particular attention.
Emergency Lighting needs to be installed and maintained in accordance with BS 5266.
Maintained and Non-Maintained Lighting
There are two basic types of emergency lighting maintained and non maintained. A maintained light is one that is on all the time and a non-maintained light comes on only when mains power is lost.
The basic emergency light is a thing of no great beauty but it does its job and is cheap. There is an increasing range of architectural solutions and now its is possible to run your emergency light off your fire alarm loop. So there are ways of making emergency lighting more un-obtrusive.
Emergency lighting needs to be checked monthly by way of a flick test and every 6 months when the power is withdrawn for 1 or 3 hours to test the batteries.
Firecall has now merged with Cheltenham company Mainpoint.
Established in 1991, Mainpoint Fire Protection Ltd are award winning specialists in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire protection equipment, fire alarms and emergency lighting to businesses, residents and the public sector. Being a local company based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire we are able to offer you a friendly and professional team of skilled staff in their particular field to provide quality workmanship, first-rate customer service and dependability gaining many prominent clients and hundreds of smaller customers.